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two brothers., which union had also brought Alexander
into nearer social intercourse with the friends of his
brother, — such as Goethe, Wolff, Fran. von Yamhagon,
Kareff, Colta, Gentz, &c.    Many of "William^s friends
had already been called from this life, wlien he was
seized with debility in the winter 1834-5, — among
them Niebuhr and Stein in 1831, Goethe and Gerrte in
1832, Hegel, and Schleiermacher.    He was living at
Tegel at the time, with his eldest daughter Caroline,
the lady Adelheid von Hedemaxm, who had, with her
husband, been living some years with her father autl
Frail  von Billow,   while Alexander  was in Berlin,
anxiously awaiting news of his brother's health, as his
nervousness, his stooping, and the trembling of his whole
body, had alarmed him.    Dieffenbach and Rust were
attending him, but a cold which he took on, the birlh-
day of his departed wife, over her grave, hastened his
death ; he died on the 8th April, 1835, in Alexander1'**
arms.    During the last illness of his beloved brother,
Alexander wrote a letter to "Varnhagen,* which ox-
presses his fraternal grief; and immediately after his
death, he wrote from Tegel to Arago, in Paris, which
letter as evidently shows what the surviving brother
* The letter is as follows : —
''Berlin, 6 o'clock a.m., 5th April,  1835,
<e You, nay dear Varnhagen, who do not fear pain, but consider it
reflectively in the depth of the feelings, you must receive a few wordrt
of love which the two brothers feel for you in this mcmrnful time.
The dissolution has not taken place yet. I left him at eleven o'clock
last night, and hasten hither again now. Yesterday wuw «i Ions
painful day : he was in a half soporific condition, had much and nut
very restless sleep ; and, at each awaking, words of love and COIIHQ-
latlon, and the clearness of his great intellect, which comprehendH
everything, and examines its own condition. His voice WJIH very
•weak, hoarse, and sharp, like a child's, therefore tho phywiciau ap-
plied leeches to the larynx. He is perfectly conHcioun. * Think often
of me/ he said, the day before yesterday, e but always cheerfully.
I have "been very happy ; to-day also was a, happy day for mo» for
love is the greatest happiness. I shall soon be with your mother,
and comprehend the laws of the higher world/ I have m> horb, I
did not think my old eyes could shed so many tears. It has lasted
now eight days.
"A, v.